Our network


Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

Mableton man sentenced for cargo theft conspiracy

Mableton man sentenced for cargo theft conspiracy

MABLETON, Ga. -- A Mableton man has been sentenced to four years and two months in prison and three years of supervised release for buying and selling stolen goods.

John Raymond "Johnny Ray" Smith, 51, was charged with conspiracy; buying, receiving and possessing stolen goods; and money laundering.

"A merchant who knows or deliberately ignores the criminal source of stolen goods can be a key part of a fraud ring," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "Some of the goods in this case were in brand new, original packaging from the manufacturers, shrink-wrapped and sold in untraceable cash transactions at below-market prices and without official paperwork."

According to the investigation, Smith operated Smith Sales Company out of warehouses in Mableton and Hiram between May 2005 and July 2009.

He conspired with Robin L.

Armed Man, shot by Police


MABLETON, Ga. (AP) - Cobb County officials have identified a man shot to death by police in Mableton.

Investigators say the shooting happened Sunday night. They say they received a report of a man armed with a knife, and two uniformed officers were sent to the scene.

They say officers attempted to persuade 29-year-old Gary Huel Jones, who was inside the home, to surrender peacefully.  Officials say Jones confronted the officers with a knife, compelling the officers to shoot him.

Officials say an investigation continues.

(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Cobb Police Search for Kidnapped Mableton Man

SMYRNA, GA -- The Cobb County Police Department's Crimes Against Persons Unit continues to investigate a kidnapping that occured near El Patron Mexican Restaurant (2074 South Cobb Drive SE, Smyrna, 30060).

On Sunday, Oct. 3, 35-year-old Rafael Ortega Duarte of Mableton and a female companion were kidnapped by a group of males in a parking lot adjacent to the restaurant, according to investigators. Duarte's black 2004 Cadillac Escalade was also taken. The female companion was dropped off in the City of Marietta and located in good health by officers.

Later that afternoon, Duarte's vehicle was located in Cherokee County with signs of violence in the vehicle. Duarte has not been located; it is believed that he met with foul play.

Duarte is described as 5'5" and 200 pounds.